Chinese char siu pork (bbq pork)


An easy way to make your own chinese style bbq pork at home!

5 mins

35 mins

192 kcals

serves 4



I wanted to have a go at making my own char siu pork as I love the look of it! We never get takeaway as there isn’t anywhere to get it where I live, but I still love the takaway experience (lots of dishes to help yourself to!) so will often do a Chinese, Indian or Mexican at the weekend. Because there are so many amazing flavours in these cuisines anyway, you really don’t need all the fat and oil that you would get in a takeaway dish in order to have something that still tastes amazing.

If I remember the day before then I marinade my pork overnight, but if not then I would give it at least 2 hours in the marinade before cooking.

The red food colouring is completely optional, it doesn’t do anything to the flavour, but personally I like having the red colour of the Chinese pork as it just makes it look like a proper takeaway- just leave this bit out if you aren’t bothered though!

For Slimming World: The total amount of syns in the marinade is 5 syns. Most of the marinade gets discarded before cooking, so actually most of the syns don’t end up on the pork, but I would count this as 1 per portion. (1 tbsp honey= 2 syns, 1 tbsp rice wine = 1 syn, 1 tbsp hoisin sauce = 1.5 syns)

I love this as part of a Chinese banquet! Here are some of the other dishes I would make alongside this (click on each dish to open a new window showing the recipe):

Egg Fried Rice

Sweet and sour pork

Chinese Chilli Beef

Ginger and garlic prawns

Crispy seaweed

Spring rolls

Chicken chow mein

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Chinese char siu pork (bbq pork)

  • Author: Pip Payne
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


An easy way to make your own Chinese style bbq pork at home! 

Syns: less than 1 per serving


  • 1 pork tenderloin fillet
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp rice wine (shaoxing)
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • 1 tsp red food colouring
  • Frylight


  1. In a dish (or in a large sealable food bag) mix up all of the ingredients apart from the pork
  2. Add in the pork fillet, and squish around in the marinade to make sure it is fully covered.
  3. Marinade overnight (ideally) or for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
  4. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 180c. Remove the pork fillet from the marinade, spooning a little of the marinade over the top.
  5. Place the pork fillet onto greaseproof paper on a baking tray. Spray with Frylight and then roast for 25 minutes
  6. Once cooked, allow to rest for 10 minutes, before slicing thinly to serve.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes

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